tokujin yoshioka crystallizes swan lake and rose tokujin yoshioka crystallizes swan lake and rose
oct 21, 2013

tokujin yoshioka crystallizes swan lake and rose

tokujin yoshioka crystallizes swan lake and rose
all images courtesy of tokujin yoshioka




tokujin yoshioka_crystallize
museum of contemporary art, tokyo
now through january 19, 2014



monumental crystallized artworks by japanese artist tokujin yoshioka, exhibited in all forms and facets make up the solo show ‘tokujin yoshioka – crystallize’, at museum of contemporary art tokyo. amongst the seven stranded, crystal ‘spider’s thread chair’ (which designboom has previously covered here) and the towering, chromatic architectural work ‘rainbow room’  (see designboom’s coverage here) are the painting ‘swan lake’, the sculptural work titled ‘the rose’, and the immersive installation ‘tornado’


a mass of fine transparent strands makes up ‘tornado’ enveloping the viewers in a complex labyrinth, both advancing and obstructing them from the various gallery rooms.



installation view of ‘tornado’ 2007 at museum of contemporary art tokyo



the artworks on exhibit comprise installation, painting, and sculpture



looking into the gallery where the immersive ‘tornado’ installation is situated



installation view of the crystallized painting process



the crystallized painting process, 2013



capturing the tonal vibrations of pyotr tchaikovsky’s ‘swan lake’, yoshioka’s painting materializes from the repeated pulsation after a nearly half-year long growth process of crystal formations.



installation views of ‘swan lake’, 2013



‘the rose’ captures a similar existence between the medium and its metamorphosis — the life of a rose is transformed by a maturation of the crystal material onto its exterior skin.



‘the rose’ 2013



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